September earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Some fade quickly, other last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can rarely know what triggers them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my September earworms.

Gloria Estefan – Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

Boxcar Willie – Wabash Cannonball

Bee Gees – How can you mend a broken heart

The Impressions – It’s All Right

Billy Preston – Nothing From Nothing

Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down

En Vogue – Free Your Mind

Grand Funk Railroad – We’re An American Band

Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia

The Byrds – Ballad of Easy Rider

Sunnyland Slim – Be Careful How You Vote

Tommy Overstreet – Send Me No Roses

CeCe Peniston – Finally

The Marmalade – Reflections Of My Life

Loudon Wainwright III – Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road

Jimmy Reed – Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby

Dee Dee Sharp – Never Pick A Pretty Boy

Pink Floyd – Hey You”

P!nk – F**kin’ Perfect

Mel McDaniel – Baby’s Got Her BlueJeans On

Little Milton – Grits Ain’t Groceries

Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong

Jimmie Rodgers – Waiting for a Train

Don Walser – Rolling Stone From Texas

Was (Not Was) – Walk The Dinosaur

The CARS – Let’s go!

Frankie Lymon+The Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love 

Freddy Weller – Games People Play

The Pretty Things – Don’t Bring Me Down 

George Jones & Tammy Wynette – We Gonna Hold On

 

 

 

This is an aside and not a September earworm, but it came up right after that last video. Watch the body language when George uses Tammy’s name in the song. Brutal. I hope nobody ever makes me sing a duet with my ex. 

 

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August earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Some fade quickly, other last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can rarely know what triggers them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my August earworms.

Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey – I’ll never smile again

Lynn Anderson – Rocky Top

Swing Out Sister – Breakout

 

Mighty Hannibal – Hymn No.5

Tex Williams – Smoke Smoke Smoke

 

Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John 

The Captain & Tenille – Love Will Keep us Together

 

Timi Yuro – Make The World Go Away

The Knack –  Good Girls Don’t 

 

Eddie Fisher – Tell Me Why 

Ketty Lester – Love Letters

 

The American Breed – I’m gonna make you mine

Glen Campbell – Galveston

 

Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love

Culture Club – Time

 

Seals and Crofts – Diamond Girl

Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour

 

The Drifters – Up on the Roof

Stray Cats – Rock This Town

 

The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky

Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida

 

The La’s – There she goes

A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran

 

The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy

Collective Soul – Shine

 

The Four Pennies – Juliet

Michael Penn – No Myth

 

Bread – For All We Know

Echo and the Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar

 

B.J.Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Traffic – Dear Mr. Fantasy

 

 

March earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Some fade quickly, other last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my March earworms.

  1. Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clover

  2. Trio – Da Da Da (HaHa – you’re welcome)

  3. Pink Martini – Donde estas Yolanda

  4. Rod McKuen – Without A Worry In The World

  5. Roxy MusicLove Is The Drug

  6. Reunion – Life Is a Rock

  7. Ann Peebles – I Can t Stand the Rain

  8. Main Ingredient –  Everybody Plays the Fool

  9. Gary Wright – DreamWeaver

  10. Bobby Rydell – Wild One (Do you ever go back to an old song and suddenly realize it offends you…?)

  11. The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee

  12. Tony Christie – Is This The Way To Amarillo

  13. Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City

  14. Northern Lights – Tears are not Enough

  15. Barbra Streisand – Don’t Rain On My Parade 

  16. Freddie Scott – Hey Girl

  17. Dale And Grace – Stop And Think It Over

  18. Roy Orbison – Only The Lonely

  19. April March – Chick Habit

  20. Johnny Tillotson – Yellow Bird (What did I say about going back and realizing how offensive lyrics are…)

  21. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

  22. Marty Wilde – Jezebel (O M G, are all old songs sexist…?)

  23. Al Green – Take Me To The River

  24. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love

  25. Buzzcocks – What do I get

  26. Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet

  27. Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5

  28. Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

  29. Big Country – In A Big Country

  30. Richard Berry and The Paroahs – Have Love, Will Travel

  31. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine

 

February earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Some fade quickly, other last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my February earworms. Its more than one a day but I’ve been painting the house so I’ve had extra occasion for songs to occupy my head. Plus one song that stuck in my head because my beloved dog died on Feb 11. I’ll let you figure out which song that is. 

  1.  Rick James – Super Freak  This earworm is as much about the bouncy music as it is the lyrics. 
  2. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Don’t Come Around Here No More
  3. Weezer – Island In The Sun Just try to not chime in ‘hip, hip”.
  4. Offspring – Gotta Get Away Too fast or a bit too slow?
  5. MGMT – Kids Oh, that infrectious keyboard!
  6. Barbara Streisand – On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) There is always at least one Barbara song in every earworm year.
  7. Anne Murray – Snowbird God help me. 
  8. Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Our House is a very, very, very fine house
  9. Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World Hearts afire…
  10. Shakira – Ojos Así I have almost this whole song memorized… “Puedo vivir sin ellos yo…”
  11. Johnny Cymbal – Mr. Bass Man Ba bababa Ba, booboomboom … It’s like it’s sung by Porky Pig.
  12. Melanie – Brand New Key You can not, not sing this. Can’t be done. 
  13. The Animals – Please Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood This song has applied to every one of us at some point.
  14. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn That’s whats going on ….
  15. Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Midnight Moses How great is it to have “Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!” stuck in your head.
  16. Guns N’ Roses – Welcome To The Jungle Sha na na na na knees knees…
  17. Bobby Pickett – Monster Mash This is the obligatory childhood flashback earworm.
  18. Bobby Brown – My Prerogative I know, I know, but it’s so catchy …
  19. Willie Tee – Walking Up A One Way Street This comes from some obscure corner of my childhood my mother can take credit for. 
  20. Natalie Cole – Miss You Like Crazy
  21. Oscar Brand – Four Letter Words Ok, this one comes from a stint in my late teens spent in a English-style pub that featured a singer named Rusty Reed
  22. Three Dog Night – An Old Fashioned Love Song I don’t need to explain this one, do I?
  23. Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper I owe so many earworms to my uncles. 
  24. Carmen Miranda – Chica Chica Boom Chic Language is no barrier when the words are universal. Chica, chica boom.
  25. Ernest Tubb – Walking the Floor Over You I almost went Grand Ole Opry free this month. Almost, but not quite. 
  26. Carole King – It’s Too Late I wore a groove in Carole King’s greatest hits as a young teen. 
  27. Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout This is one of my favourite songs in my Punk playlist. 
  28. Gene Vincent – Say Mama Go ask your dad.
  29. Melissa Manchester – You Should Hear How She Talks About You This is just so catchy. 
  30. UB40 – Red Red Wine 
  31. Juice Newton – Queen Of Hearts I loved this song as a kid. 
  32. Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better I like to believe this is true …

 

January earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.
Here’s a roundup of my January earworms; a bit longer than usual because over the Christmas break we spent some time on planes and in airports, so my mind wandered more than usual. I admit, many of the songs that stuck in my head as I traveled had probably played on my iPod as I dozed and they’re definitely attached to points in my past.
There was a lot of country in my childhood, and there are a lot of country earworms today.
Every so often a song from one of my mom’s old K-Tel records and Reader’s Digest compilations pops into my head. 
I also grew up in the long musical shadow of the 60s so it’s no surprise those songs are archived in my head.
I may have been in the shadow of the 60s, but I was a kid in the 70s and these songs were part of that soundtrack.
I went through puberty and all the associated hormonal stuff in the 80s. There was music involved. 
I left home and started my adult life in the 90s. These are adult earworms. 
The music still continues, and the earworms still go on. 

December earworm round up

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me question my sanity. They come from all genres. I rarely figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and that good music never goes out of style.

Below is a roundup of my December earworms. naturally, given the season, some of my earworms are going to be in the holiday spirit.

  1. Lou Rawls Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  2. xmas-cds2Bette Midler From A Distance
  3. Brenda Lee  Rockin Around the Christmas Tree
  4. Little Richard Tutti Frutti
  5. Ella Fitzgerald ‘S Wonderful
  6. Louie Prima I Wanna Be Like You
  7. Sinead O’Connor Nothing Compares 2 U
  8. Joan Armatrading Love And Affection
  9. Big Momma Thornton Hound Dog
  10. Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me
  11. Connie Francis Lipstick On Your Collar
  12. Dionne Warwick I Say A Little Prayer
  13. Edith Piaf La Vie En Rose
  14. King Oliver  St.James Infirmary
  15. Billy Bragg There Is Power In A Union
  16. xmas-cds3Chet Baker Autumn Leaves
  17. Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville
  18. Skeeter Davis The end of the world
  19. Annie Lennox God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  20. Alanah Myles Black Velvet
  21. Cab Calloway Hi De Ho Man
  22. Bo Diddley Who Do You Love
  23. Del Shannon Runaway
  24. Patti Smith Because the Night
  25. Burton Cummings I Will Play A Rhapsody
  26. Donna Summer I Feel Love
  27. Malcolm Middleton Four Cigarettes
  28. Marianne Faithful The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
  29. Country Joe Macdonald Feel Like I’m Fixing To Die

November earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Below is a roundup of my November earworms.

  1. My iPod, in the opera playlist.
    My iPod, in the opera playlist.

    This is my favourite version of my favourite aria. The difficulty of this song and the mastery of this artist never fails to impress me. Others might direct a you to Diana Damerau, (and yes, her version  is good) but in my uneducated and humble opinion Lucia Popp owns Die Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen – the Queen of the Night’s aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute.

  2. Lyle Lovett’s That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas is pretty catchy, you must admit.
  3. Bill Anderson Po’ Folks is unbelievably kitschy.
  4. I have loved Lulu’s To Sir With Love ever since I first saw the wonderful Sidney Poitier in that fabulous movie with on late night TV as a tween babysitter.
  5. I have Johnny Rivers singing Memphis Tennessee on an LP. It sounds better for the scratches.
  6. Patti Page’s Tennessee Waltz is one of my favourite songs for humming to myself.
  7. My mother's record collection, now mine.
    My mother’s old record collection, now mine.

    My favourite Bonnie Raitt song is Love Me Like a man – and I was thrilled when she sang it at the Edmonton Folk Festival, but it’s Something To Talk About that always ends up as an earworm for me.

  8. Minnie Ripperton Lovin’ You might be the most difficult of all earworms to dislodge.
  9. Ricki Lee Jones Chuck E’s in Love is super catchy and an earworm I actually enjoy.
  10. Peter Paul and Mary’s Puff The Magic Dragon is my favourite childhood earworm.
  11. It’s possible that all of CCR‘s hits have been among earworms at one point, Bad Moon Rising is the most recent.
  12. LaVern Baker Tweedlee Dee has the catchiest chorus, right?
  13. Of all the wonderful Neil Young songs Only Love Can Break Your Heart is the only one that gets stuck in my head.
  14. My mom had Petula Clark’s Downtown on a compilation record of British hits.
  15. In my music collection.
    In my music collection.

    As a Canadaian I am obliged to have a Gordon Lightfoot song earworm at least one time per year. Rainy Day People

  16. Tommy Dorsey’s On The Sunny Side of The Street isn’t a common earworm. I think it was triggered because I heard it in a cafe.
  17. Joe Walsh’s Rocky Mountain Way reminds me of highschool.
  18. Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer is a classic earworm. It’s repetition makes it really super sticky too.
  19. Percy Sledge’s When A Man Loves A Woman is overplayed on oldies radio, and honestly overplayed in my head too.
  20. Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It is so defiant it’s impossible not to love.
  21. Eddie Rabbit’s I Love A Rainy Night got a lot of air play when I was a kid. Now it get a lot of time as an earworm.
  22. Admit it, you love The Pointer Sisters I’m So Excited.
  23. Billy Idol Mony Mony reminds me of time wasted in my youth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworms. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my October earworms:

sound-of-music-julie-andrews-2015-billboard-650It’s hard not to be chipper when you wake up humming The Hills are Alive by Julie Andrews.

That iconic guitar riff from Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran is exactly the
fleetwood-mackind of repetitiveness that makes a really sticky earworm.

Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac. Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…

I love Little Willy by Sweet. It’s a great earworm if your need motivation to move.

Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band is a nice mellow earworm.

Take it on the Run by REO Speedwagon is an earworm flashback to my uncle’s stereos.

ramones-logoI Wanna Be Your Boyfriend by The Ramones. Hey little girl…

Somebody’s Baby by Jackson Browne has a really catchy tune.

Tanya Tucker’s version of Delta Dawn is the version I hear in my head, with that Tanya Tucker twang. The Helen Reddy version is good to, but smoother. I like the twangy earworm.

paulsimonStranded in a Limousine by Paul Simon is one of those earworms I sing end to end over and over.

No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry  is the perfect earworm for a road trip.

Tiger Rag by Jelly Roll Morton runs in my head sometimes, but because there are no lyrics it tends to be a very short lived earworm. Too bad. It’s a  fab song.

Guantanamera by Celia Cruz makes me dance. I can’t fight it.

Guitars, Cadillacs by Dwight Yoakam reveals my inner alt country fan.

Walk The Dinosaur by Was Not Was is another one of those good earworms for a day you have stuff to do, because it will keep you moving.

My October unconscious cut a pretty broad swath through the music field.

September earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Sometimes they fade quickly, other times they last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my September earworms:

archie bellTighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells. That riff gets stuck in my head.

conwaytwittyYou’ve Never Been this Far Before by Conway Twitty. That ‘bumbumbum’ is hard to shake out of my head.

I’m Lost Without You by Memphis Slim. That piano riff is so catchy.

I Want to Break Free by Queen. God knows, god knows I want to break freeee…

That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly. That’ll be the dayheyhey…

patsyclineFun fact: I sang in a little country band when I was 18, and I covered the song Back in Baby’s Arm’s by Patsy Cline.

I know Otis Redding had many fabulous songs, but it’s only Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay that gets stuck in my head.

Walk this Way by Aerosmith doesn’t seem like a 40 year old earworm.

I know it’s gonna be a long day when Uncle Penn gets stuck in my head. I don’t know who’s version gets stuck there, they are all equally tenacious.

Hit the Road, Jack by Ray Charles. This could be one of the best earworms ever.

mamasandpapasI Saw the Light is another earworm that has no specific version. It is super sticky, but gospel tunes are written specifically to stick in your head so no wonder.

Monday, Monday by the Mamas & the Papas. This whole song repeats in my head. Every word.

Band of Gold by Freda Payne is one of those compulsory dance earworms.

joan-jett-bad-reputation-frontI Hate Myself for Lovin You by Joan Jett has been stuck in my head since Jr High School.

Who hasn’t had the violins from Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve stuck in their head at least once?

My mom had Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & the Pacemakers on a K-Tel record, which I played over and over. I have that record now. I blame her for this getting into my head.

And finally;

The piano riff from Whole Lot of Shakin Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis is a classic rock earworm.

 

September’s earworms covered a few genres. Obviously my subconscious mind has lived several lives, musically speaking.